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A Burden No Child Should Bear: How the Health Coverage System is Failing Latino Children

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Abstract:

More than one in five (22.1%) Hispanic children is uninsured -- nearly three times the rate of non-Hispanic White children (7.3%). Because health coverage has been shown to improve children's access to timely care, the coverage gap has serious ramification for Latino children's health and well-being. Yet Latino children and their families face structural barriers that prevent them from adequately accessing all health coverage systems in the United States. In order to ensure equitable health outcomes for Latinos and other children of color, policymakers must address these barriers and eliminate the health coverage gap.